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  • Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society

    ★★★½

    I’m a little vague on what exactly ticked me off about DEAD POETS SOCIETY when I first saw it during its initial release, but I remember having a strong negative reaction. I was 22 years old and in the process of coming out of the closet during the height of the AIDS era, after a very difficult high school and immediate post-high school period. I wasn’t sure what to do with my life or where to go. I had a…

  • The Oldest Profession

    The Oldest Profession

    ★★½

    This European anthology film comprised of six mostly forgettable shorts (with one notable exception), loosely focused on 'prostitution through the ages.' This is pretty tough going for most of its nearly two hour running time. It begins with "The Prehistoric Era," (directed by Franco Indovina) which is a pretty bottom-of-the-barrel knock-off of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. without the special effects of Raquel Welch or stop-motion dinosaurs; the mostly dull "Roman Nights" (dir. Mauro Bolognini) with Elsa Martinelli -- only occasionally…

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★½

    Re-watched the brilliant segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled." It's heartbreaking and perfect.

  • On My Way

    On My Way

    ★★★½

    ON MY WAY contains the slightest of stories: Bettie (Catherine Deneuve), whose restaurant is on the verge of bankruptcy and whose lover has left her, suddenly embarks on a road trip across France.  On her way meets some men, spends time with her young grandson, attends a reunion with some former beauty contestants (which includes the still-lovely Mylène Demongeot), and asks for many, many cigarettes.  

    Directed with sun-dappled realism by Emmanuelle Bercot, the film exudes a puckish charm that…